I had the day to myself and decided to spend my time exploring the food of Paris. I had chosen this tour as it was small and their guides were very experienced.
The guide Jennifer has a blog where she is attempting to taste and review every cheese in France of which there are about 600 different varieties. She has currently tasted 250 cheeses.
The tour started at a Boulangerie 134 RdT bakery which is an artisian bakery that specialises in baguette tradition, croissants and chouquettes. Traditional baguettes are made by hand, have to be 70cm long, contain only water, salt, flour and yeast and are pale ivory in colour. These bakers will have an artisian sign in the window.
We also visited Jouannault Frommagerie and tasted a variety of cheeses. My favourite are goats cheese and luckily we are in goat cheese season so there was loads of variety. The soft cheeses in France have so much flavour because they are unpasteurised. When shopping at a Frommagerie if you see Affineur it means the cheese is ripened on site using traditional methods.
We also tasted food from -:
Ramella charcuterie (rillettes de canard and rosette de Lyon)
Paris's oldest spice shop where many of Paris's Michelin star restaurants purchase their spices. There were so many unusual fragrent combinations.
Jacques Genin chocolate where we tasted chocolates, pate de fruits and caramel.
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